Hoʻoikaika Annual Conference 2023
Kūola Kaiāulu – ʻOhana & Community Resilience
While this year’s theme ʻOhana and Community Resilience was selected a few months ago, Kūola Kaiāulu “the community alive, safe and resilient” reflects our theme with the recent tragic events on Maui in mind and heart. The mana of Kū is “upright, male energy” while ola is about life, coming back, revived. Together, these two roots create a strong word that also reflects the ability of people to rise back up. Kaiāulu is a word for community that is more commonly used these days. The entire phrase communicates life after devastation; alive and safe coming out of danger. It also suggests people pulling together, much like Hoʻoikaika Partnership’s network of providers.
This year’s conference will focus on building resilience within our ʻohana, organizations, and communities. We will explore different frameworks such as the Protective Factors, Lōkahi Wheel, and Pillars of Resilience and how these tools can be applied anywhere along the continuum from prevention to aftercare. Culture is foundational in all these frameworks and can be a crucial protective factor.
The Hoʻoikaika Annual Conference is one of the primary ways we build our capacity as health and human service providers. To join the conference planning committee, apply to present, or become a sponsor, please contact Hoʻoikaika Coordinator Deb Marois.
Keynote Speaker: Tia Hartsock, Executive Director of the Office of Wellness & Resilience
Established in 2022, this office is the first of its kind in the nation. Strategies include partnering with community organizations, cultural practitioners, and non- and for-profits to find innovative solutions and establishing trauma-informed responses to address our most pressing issues impacting children and families. More about the Office of W&R announcement
Tia L. R. Hartsock, Director, Office of Wellness and Resilience
Office of the Governor, State of Hawai‘i
Tia L. R. Hartsock is the first director of the Office of Wellness and Resilience, housed within the Office of the Governor Josh Green, M.D. Tia has worked for nearly 25 years to improve our state’s mental health and criminal justice systems.
Formerly, Tia was the project director on three Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-funded initiatives within the Hawai‘i Department of Health to develop and provide mental health services for adolescent girls and other historically underserved populations, overseeing multi-agency collaborations to improve the delivery of services by the state’s mental health system using trauma-informed and gender-specific frameworks.
She is a nationally certified trauma-informed care trainer by the Gains Center at the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Tia was also appointed as an adjunct faculty lecturer at the University of Hawai‘i Thompson School of Social Work and Public Health, and has lectured at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
Tia earned her Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Chaminade University with a specialization in juvenile justice and her Master of Social Work from the University of Hawai‘i with a specialization focus on mental health.
- Deepen understanding of how to deal with grief and trauma and build resilience personally and professionally.
- Explore diverse cultural approaches and practices for building resilience in families and the workforce.
- Learn new tools for the journey to healing along the continuum of prevention, intervention, and aftercare.
- Draw connections between the Protective Factors, Lōkahi Wheel and Pillars of Resilience frameworks and learn how to apply these concepts.
- Inspire each other to continue showing up and being of service for children and families.
Sessions Support New and Seasoned Staff by Providing
- New content outside our usual, day-to-day.
- Opportunities to connect with others committed to strengthening families and preventing child maltreatment.
- Practical and culturally responsive “how to’s” for building resiliency within ourselves, our ‘ohana, and our organizations.
Who Is This Conference For?
Health and human service providers/educators from Maui County and other Hawaiian Islands are welcome to join us for this day of virtual learning and connecting.
- Participants typically work in a broad range of areas (e.g., early education, home visiting, child welfare, substance abuse and domestic violence prevention/intervention, public health, etc.)
- New to the field or well-established
- Direct service providers and administrators
The conference is approved by the state of Hawaii Department of Health’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD) and the National Association of Social Work (NASW) for up to six (6) continuing education contact hours.
FREE! Thanks to our generous conference sponsors Consuelo Foundation, Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui, and KS Kaiāulu, there is no charge to participate.
‘Ohana Resilience: Many Paths to Healing Framework
Culture is foundational, informing all aspects of child development. It is a complex set of learned values, beliefs, traditions, attitudes and customs that group members share. It is a way of life, like Nohona Hawaii, a Hawaiian Lifestyle. It has to do with the space, the environment, the way in which those that are a part of this space flow with each other, both seen and unseen. Culture can be both a protective (sense of belonging) and a risk factor (historical trauma).
Purpose: To help practitioners understand and compare different pathways to building resilience. All of these approaches can be applied in prevention, intervention and/or aftercare to help strengthen families and prevent child maltreatment.
Please select the sessions that most interest you. Zoom links will become available via the Sched platform 10 minutes before the start time.
Mana’o From Past Attendees
The overall conference was amazing. Every session that I attended was filled with take-aways and resources that I will utilize with my staff and program.
Overall, attending this conference has ignited more passion within me to rise up and step into my position on the canoe and paddle in unity with everyone else around me.
Today’s conference was extremely heartfelt and inspiring. I was blown away by moʻoleloʻs, cultural protocol, and cultural practices shared, the conference enlightened me and provided me with new tools for my cultural competence tool kit.
Mahalo to Our Generous Sponsors
Learn More - KS Kaiāulu
KS Kaiāulu is a proud sponsor of the Hoʻoikaika Partnership and itʻs 2023 annual conference, called Kūola Kaiāulu – ʻOhana and Community Resilience. KS Kaiāulu brings together Kamehameha Schools’ scholarships, online learning resources, in person community resource centers, and the partner programs KS supports in the community, all in one place. Through these offerings, KS Kaiāulu aims to grow ‘ōiwi leaders—people who use their knowledge, skill, and passion to strengthen Hawaiʻi, its people, and our global community. Sign-up at kaiaulu.ksbe.edu to get the latest information about the many learning opportunities available through KS Kaiāulu.